Mikkel Ploug Trio

Mikkel Ploug Trio

Sunday, 28 April 2024, 3.00pm

Since the release of their debut album on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2006 Mikkel, Sean and Jeppe have toured all over the world performing in more than 25 countries including the US and Brazil. The trio has worked with of some of today’s greatest saxophonists including Americans Mark Turner and Loren Stillman. Mikkel has recorded 17 albums for renowned jazz-labels like Sunnyside Records (US), Fresh Sound (ES), Songlines (CA) and for Whirlwind Recordings (UK) and Mikkel's album “Faroe” was selected for the category “Best Instrumental Jazz Album” in the 2018 Grammy Awards. His album Balcony Lullabies won "Best Jazz Album Of 2020” by UK Newspaper Morningstar and received high praise in the Rolling Stone Magazine.

The trio is building on 18 years of experience interpreting Mikkel’s ever-evolving repertoire. Mikkel’s music has a strong Scandinavian heritage influence and it is often described as original, melody driven and personal in harmonic character, yet very approachable and inviting. Mikkel has worked in varied settings such as a soloist with both the Royal Ballet and the Danish Radio Big Band in Denmark. He started on drums at the age of four but switched to the guitar in his teens. He graduated as Master of Jazz Guitar from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Holland with a distinction for his original composition. Sean Carpio is one of Europe’s greatest drummers, Born in Arequipa, Peru and raised in Ireland, Seán Carpio is an award winning multi-instrumentalist whose diverse practice incorporates song, sound and improvisation. An in demand drummer since 2005 he is featured on over thirty recordings to date, and has collaborated and shared the stage with diverse artists such as Louis Stewart, Mark Garry, Robert Stillman, Enda Walsh, Aoife Nessa Frances, Sam Amidon, Kit Downes, Henri Texier, Nina Hynes, Martin Hayes, Cian Nugent, Cillian Murphy, Eomac, Mark Turner, Sharon Phelan, Erik Friedlander, Ronan Guilfoyle and Ernst Reijseger.

Mikkel Ploug is the latest sensation in European jazz guitar scene with a personal voice and sound that sings - La Vanguardia ES Masterclass - the Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug is on the way into the Champions League of contemporary jazz guitarists - Jazzpodium DE

"Extreme beauty" - Downbeat US

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Published by WexfordArtsCentre on 22 January 2024

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